A short plastic history
Did you know that mass plastic production began only 70 years ago?
The Belgian-born American Leo Baekeland produced the first synthetic plastic derived from fossil fuels in 1907 with the invention of Bakelite. Production for the mass consumers market began in the late 40´s with products such as Tupperware, launched in 1948.
But let´s go to the very beginning of naturally produced plastic. The Olmec’s, the earliest known population of Mesoamerica, used natural rubber from trees to form balls 1500 BC. Later medieval craftsmen produced lantern windows out of slices of animal horn. And even today we are using natural derived plastic from corn or sugar cane.
Girls, ask your Grandma how she lived without plastic !